Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Penalty helps Australia hold Denmark 1-1

It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area.

Going into the tournament, No. 36 Australia was the lowest-ranked team in Group C with the others all in the top 12.

The Danes said before the game that they were keen on getting back to the free-flowing football that has characterised the team.

"Every game at the World Cup is like a final".

Poulsen had a penalty claim of his own waved away early in the second half after he tumbled to the ground on his way into the Australia box and there were nervy moments for Denmark when Kasper Schmeichel failed to collect a looping long ball before Leckie flashed the ball across the face of goal.

Having got back into the game, Australia seemed imbued with a renewed sense of belief, surging forward whenever they could and roared on by the vast array of green and gold clad fans in the Samara Arena. The last part of the puzzle is that we must make the difference by scoring one more goal than the opponents.

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First, Aaron Mooy fired just over from distance before Tom Rogic and Leckie, Australia's two best performers, were denied by Schmeichel.

In a blow to their hopes, striker Andrew Nabbout looks set to be sidelined for the rest of the World Cup after he injured a shoulder falling awkwardly during Thursday's match.

The same man also kept out a miss-hit volley from Leckie that looked like creeping in just seconds later, while Denmark had a pair of late chances themselves in a breathless finish, only to squander both.

Denmark moved on to four points and need at least a draw against France in their final game to guarantee a last-16 spot. The Socceroos have everything to play for in their next match against Peru.

Two-time champion Argentina risks an embarrassing first-round exit after second-half goals by Croatia's Ante Rebic, captain Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

Denmark's talisman Christian Eriksen knows his side must rediscover the attacking dynamism of their qualifying campaign if they are to follow up on their opening victory over Peru with a win against Australia in Samara on Thursday.

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